Since the beginning of last week when we signed both Joe Cole and Danny Wilson within a day of each other, I had been anticipating a surge of more new signings to strengthen the squad, especially since Liverpool have already lost four first team players since the end of last season (not including the outbound Javier Mascherano).
My wishes haven’t come true obviously as it’s not that easy to sign players for fun in the short space of time (unless you’re Man City of course), but what is concerning me now is that we are losing too many first team players and today’s reports that Maxi Rodriguez is close to leaving Liverpool for Espanyol has left me feeling gutted to be honest.
One of the very few positives from last season was how well Maxi seemed to adapt to life in the Premiership and after a couple of understandably shaky starts he really did begin to blossom. He seemed to always be on the same wavelength as our more creative players like Gerrard and Aquilani, and I had been looking forward to seeing Joe Cole and Maxi Rodriguez on the same team sheet for Liverpool next season.
One thing that winds me up is the minority who for some reason believe Maxi isn’t a good player. One article on Maxi’s apparent transfer in the Daily Mail refers to him as a ‘midfield misfit’, and it’s this kind of journalism which takes away the credibility of some of the stories these publications produce. What makes Maxi Rodriguez a misfit? Were they watching the same games as the rest of us last season? In the second half of last year’s dreadful campaign, we actually showed decent consistency in our home league form, winning seven out of a sequence of eight. One of the reasons for this form was the intelligent play of Maxi Rodriguez, who for me really cemented his place in the squad as a first XI player.
After losing Aurelio, Benayoun and Riera, I was hoping to hear positive news about the players replacing them, yet instead we’re hearing of more departures in the shape of our two Argentine World Cup stars. With Mascherano it was a foregone conclusion that he wasn’t interested in being with us any more so I definitely won’t shed any tears for him, but this Maxi Rodriguez news has come as a real shock. I just don’t see the point in selling yet another one of our first team players this close to the start of the new season. When you consider that he’s an experienced Argentina international who started most of their World Cup games it makes it even more of a bizarre decision to allow him to leave. I don’t know what Roy’s thinking is behind this if it’s true but for him to be comfortable with losing a player of Maxi’s quality he really must have a big signing or two up his sleeve.
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